Blacon YC 2-5 Maghull
Saturday 2nd November 2013 kick off 2pm
Revenge is not a dirty word (crevice is a dirty word) but we don't like to use it here.
This was all about, picking up another three points on our travels and putting some daylight between us and the chasing pack. And that is exactly what happened. With an added touch of glee, after the shambolic way we lost the home fixture earlier in the season.
Confidence was high and by the hour mark, so was the scoreline. It really was going to be a matter of by how many, not if, we won.
A howling wind at the hosts back did nothing to help them as Maghull took control from the off. Even with a large disadvantage for the first 6-7 minutes. Let's just say timing was not a good thing on Saturday.
The opener came through speed and precision. Paul Jackson played a first time ball down the left, Steve Williams beat his man, pulled the ball back to the edge of the box where Jackson ran onto the pass and slammed the ball past the stunned keeper, who didn't even move.
Chances came and went, but the second finally came via Steve Williams, who after a ball juggling trick (sorry Willo, it was funny) he kept his composure to slide the ball past the keeper, before taking up the crouched position.
Once again a breather seemed to be in order and Blacon actually came into the game, before the referee brought the half to an end. But not the punishment.
The second half brought more early dominance and eventually a third goal. Described as thus by our erstwhile goalscorer John Hastings... "the ball came to me, I looked up, saw a spot and crashed it into the top bin" What he really meant was, he struck it early, no idea what the keeper was doing, but it snook in, inside the post along the ground. The hosts were dead and buried and Steve Williams claims of a second goal, minutes later, were swiftly ruled out as his cross was clattered home by a defender and we were four goals to the good.
It is a great habit to take a three to four goal lead, it is also a touch sloppy to allow teams back in the game. In fairness, Steve King was like a spaceman in the second half and not in good shape. He eventually had to be replaced due to illness, but Blacon had managed to get on the score sheet. A decent goal if yours, but a shabby one to lose if against you.
Rob Dutton put some decency back on the scoreline, with a cracking individual effort, beating the keeper at his near post. Mick McGinn and Lee Tynan both had chances to increase the lead, but we had to accept another sloppy passage of play which saw Blacon reduce the arrears again.
It should have been seven or eight, but another three points away from home (our eighth in ten away league games) was good enough.
Well done to Stuart Kier in the absence of Manager Phil Stafford.
With an injury free squad (four first teamers out today) and the quality sitting on the bench, this team is going to take some beating.
Next game : Ashville away Pyke Cup, Saturday 9th November 2013 kick off 2pm
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